- If emotional difficulties make it hard for you to function from day to day.
- If you don’t want to get out of bed.
- If you can’t keep your apartment or home clean.
- If your relationships end in disaster and you don’t know why.
- If you often have trouble at work.
- If your child has academic problems at school.
- If your child has behavioral problems in the home and/or school setting.
- If your child can’t study or write their school papers.
- If you or your child’s actions are harmful to yourselves or others.
Mental health treatment should help you cope with your feelings more effectively. As you progress through the therapeutic process, you should begin to feel gradual relief from your distress, develop self-assurance, make more confident decisions, and improve your relationships.
- Reduce your level of stress.
- Set limits and boundaries with others.
- Choose healthy relationships.
- Better understand yourself.
- Manage your time, anger, and impulses.
- Be more productive.
- Find hope.
- Increase your self-confidence.
- Improve your marriage and family relationships.
- Be in charge of your life.
You and your therapist both have responsibilities in establishing and maintaining a good working relationship. Be clear with your therapist about your expectations and share any concerns that may arise.
After a few sessions, a good indication is if you feel the experience truly is a joint effort and that you and the therapist enjoy a good rapport. Likewise, you should be open with your therapist if you find yourself feeling “stuck” or lacking direction once you’ve been in therapy for a while.
Patients often feel a wide range of emotions during therapy. Some uncertainties about therapy result from the difficulty of discussing painful and troubling experiences. When this happens, it can indicate that you are starting to explore your thoughts and behaviors, which is a positive sign that you are on your way to better mental health.